Shelter, a local work, features the plight of a Chinese family who are forced to live in a tent at East Coast Park.

The CANA Film Festival (CFF) returns for its third run with an expanded programme of more than 20 feature and short films and documentaries.

“By introducing powerful, thought-provoking films from Singapore and around the world, we hope to reach out to new audiences to promote the importance of building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society,” said CFF Founder and Co-Festival Director, Ms Winifred Loh.

Two highlights of the festival, which runs from Aug 29- Sept 30, are the premieres of two award-winning films in Singapore – The Prayer and Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.

Other highlights are the addition of two segments featuring the works of local talents – Through the Lens with Tan Pin Pin and the SG Short Series.

This year’s film selection panel comprised Jesuit Fr Jerome Leon, Daughters of St Paul Srs Theresa Lim and Karen Theresa, and seminarian Nicholas Lye.

Information for some of the festival highlights are as follows:

The Prayer
GV Vivocity. Aug 29, 7pm-9pm
This 2018 French drama film directed by Cédric Kahn features a young drug addict, Thomas, who tries to put end his addiction by joining a community of former addicts who use prayer as a way to kick the habit.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, a 2018 documentary, will be screened.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
GV Vivocity. Sept 13, 7pm-9pm;
Sept 22, 3pm-5pm
The month-long festival will close with this 2018 documentary film, produced, co-written and directed by Wim Wenders.

This documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.
Information for some of the local works are as follows:

Through the Lens with Tan Pin Pin
CANA The Catholic Centre. Aug 22, 7pm-9pm
A first for the festival, this year’s edition will showcase Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, who has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that oversees the Academy Awards.

Two of her short films and other clips will be screened to explore how Catholic social teaching can permeate lives and spaces in Singapore. Attendees will also be invited to join in a post-show dialogue with Tan as she shares about her films and filmmaking.

SG Short Series
CANA The Catholic Centre. Sept 2, 2pm-3.30pm;
Sept 8, 3.30pm-5.30pm
This series spotlights several local short films which focus on the core themes of unconditional love, sacrifice, and the greater good. The films include:

I Want to Go Home
Director: Wesley Leon Aroozoo (in attendance on Sept 8)
On March 11, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife in the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake. The movie is about his determination to fulfil her final wish.

Nina Boboi
Director: Victoria Elizabeth Scully
A Eurasian kampong girl falls in love with a British man in this movie set during World War II. However, when bombs hit Singapore, relationships are broken and loves are lost. The heroine eventually finds out what sacrifice and the true meaning of home are.

Waiting Room
Director: Nicole Midori Woodford
A poetic reflection on death, and friendship, this film tells the story of Tommy Yu, a man who opens up his life and home to help those who are all alone in their final hour.

Director: Sean Ng
A 17-year-old Chinese boy is left in debt and homeless with his mother and younger sister in 1998 Singapore. When they are forced to live in a tent at East Coast Park, they battle suspicion and prejudice when a mysterious Indian man offers

Founded in 2014, the CFF is a biennial film event. It features documentaries and independent feature films with a strong focus on Catholic social teaching.

Tickets for the 2018 film festival can be purchased at

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